This book does a thorough exploration of the early and later church history to see changes from a group operating on the periphery of society to one having the power and authority of the state in the 20th century. In that place the church has lost its distinctiveness and needs to rediscover right priorities in its life and witness for today.Kreider makes this point very clearly and with gentle persuasion while acknowledging the enculturisation that needs to be part of the church's life and relationship. His emphasis from the New testament and from understanding of our own day, is that it is the quality of life that the church and its individual members have that is the real witness and that this is built up in its worship times together and in small groups.The most efective evangelisation is that of a good life, showing the values and the practices Jesus offers and calls us to. Altogether a valuable contribution to those who feel deeply about the coming of God's kingdom in our day, for it reminds us that we are not to bring it in by our efforts for God but He is bringing it in as He works in the world and we are called to participate with Him in that as we allow His Spirit to hold sway in every part of our integrated lives. the debate will continue.